The Wall Street Journal: ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ climbs to top spot at box office

Powered by the best reviews of any big-budget movie this summer, Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” opened to a new high for the franchise over the weekend.

The sixth entry in the 22-year-old film series, based on a 52-year-old television show, opened to an estimated $61.5 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to Viacom Inc.’s VIA, +2.41% Paramount Pictures, which released it.

Though far from the $100 million-plus openings of some superhero films, the latest “Mission” topped the last entry in the series, “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” which made its debut to $55.5 million in 2015.

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